An Uber driver has been charged with impaired driving, after being stopped with a passenger on board. On New Year’s Eve, York Regional Police arrested an Uber driver on suspicion of impaired driving. Dennis Romanin, 55, of Whitchurch-Stouffville, was charged with the impaired operation and a blood alcohol concentration of 80 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood. Uber said Romanin was not using the ridesharing app at the time of the arrest but access to the platform was revoked.
A call to study ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, in the Halifax region, has been put on hold. Coun. Matt Whitman wanted staff to look into how the municipality should handle such an industry. He has said 40,000 people in Nova Scotia, mostly in Halifax he presumes, have signed up for Uber Eats and said the new food delivery service is just a way for the industry to test the waters.
The head of Uber’s ride-hailing operations in Canada is warning that regulations have to be balanced against the popularity of the service as Toronto wrestles with the appropriate amount of training for such drivers. General manager Rob Khazzam said that any rules have to be “representative of the times,” pointing to the example of GPS as a technology that makes it less important to test drivers on their knowledge of geography.
The fear is that without congestion pricing, adding ride-hailing would add more cars to the road and pull people off transit. The City of Vancouver wants to explore tacking “mobility fees” onto trips with services like Uber and Lyft when ride-hailing arrives in B.C.
The Canadian arm of Uber Technologies Inc. is fighting a tax reassessment that the ride-hailing company says incorrectly assumed it was responsible to account for sales tax on rides provided using the service. In December, Uber Canada Inc. (UCI) filed a notice of appeal with the Tax Court of Canada over reassessments it says were issued by the Canada Revenue Agency in December 2014, which covered periods from October 2012 to the end of June 2013.
Uber and Lyft aren't expected to launch in B.C. for several more months, but the Vancouver Taxi Association is already working with a local tech company to introduce a version of ride-hailing in some cabs.
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A three-judge appeal panel said the lower-court judge erred on several points, including considering the arbitration clause to be like those in 'normal commercial contracts' where the parties are relatively equal in power and sophistication.
Police said the suspect, identified as an Uber driver, had just pulled into a parking lot in one of the town’s plazas to pick up a passenger when he was arrested. Laura Nicolle with York Regional Police told CTV Toronto that she can’t think of another instance when an on-duty driver with a ride-sharing service like Uber has been arrested and charged with an impaired driving offense
The night is a busy time for Lyft and Uber drivers as people opt to use them to avoid parking at party hot spots and driving after drinking. “We encourage Lyft riders to ride smart and plan ahead for a responsible ride home when ringing in 2019 with friends and family,” said Josh Huber, the Pittsburgh Market Manager for Lyft.
Uber has lost its latest court bid to stop its British drivers being classified as workers, entitling them to rights such as the minimum wage, in a decision which jeopardizes the taxi app's business model. Two drivers successfully argued at a tribunal in 2016 that the Silicon Valley firm exerted significant control over them to provide an on-demand service and that they should cease to be considered as self-employed, which gives few protections in law.